Westfield Punter Drawing Major Interest

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6-3, 190-pound Westfield (Chantilly, VA) punter Brent Bowden has certainly earned his share of accolades following his senior year. Those honors include 1st-team all-Concorde district, 1st-team 6-AAA all-Region, 1st-team Journal Newspaper (Fairfax County), 1st-team Washington Post all-metro and 1st-team all-state.

Bowden, who finished the 2004 season with a 44-yard per punt gross average, a 37-yard net average, kicked 15 punts inside the 20-yard line and booted a long punt of 58 yards, is drawing interest from at least 3 top Division I-A programs.

“Virginia Tech has offered Brent an invited walk-on spot,” said Brent’s father Tim Bowden. “He would have a chance to win a scholarship once he got on campus and they feel he could do it. West Virginia is recruiting him as an invited walk-on. USC (Southern California) has called over the past 3 or 4 months and they are talking scholarship.”

Among the schools most actively involved, Mr. Bowden says his son favors one.

“Right now, he’s really hot on Virginia Tech,” Bowden said. “Two of his former teammates – Eddie Royal and Sean Glennon – are there. Eddie used to take Brent out to practice even when they didn’t have practice going on. They want him there. Right now, he wants to go to Virginia Tech. But if USC actually came through with a scholarship offer, that would be awfully tough to turn down.”

Brent Bowden has set an official visit to Virginia Tech for the weekend of January 28th. No other visits have been set at this point.

Bowden, who is the step-brother of current Florida State punter Chris Hall, was also named MVP at the University of Virginia’s kicking camp this summer. He was 2nd MVP at the University of Michigan kicking camp behind Zoltan Mesko, who has accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Michigan.

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